Communication Sciences & Disorders Research

Capstone Research
The Rockhurst CSD graduate program culminates with a Capstone project. This project gives students the opportunity to choose their own topic of interest and is planned during the Research Methods course. Students discover that their work has real world applications and impact. Faculty members, as well as members of the community, may suggest topics for students to consider based on needed research.

Poster Presentations April 23, 2013

"The Role of Phonological Awareness in Reading in Children with Down Syndrome"
By: Lauren Bergstrom
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

"The Influence of Preschool Peer Models on the Social Skills of Children with Language Impairments"
By: Heather Haas
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Hart, Ph.D.

"Efficacy of Computer-Based Interventions for Children with Auditory Processing Disorder: An Evidence-Based Research Review"
By: Kelsey Harris
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

"Family Perspectives on Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices"
By: Erica Holtmeyer
Faculty Mentor: Pam Hart, Ph.D.

"English Language Acquisition in Children Adapted Internationally: A Systematic Review"
By: April Hodge
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

"AAC and Mobile Device Technology: Implications for Consumers and Practitioners"
By: Lauren Hawkins
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Hart, Ph.D.

"Alternative Interventions with Children with Autism"
By: Kirsten Cash
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

"Coping Strategies Used by Families with a Child with Autism"
By: Natalie Hines
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Hart, Ph.D.

"Perceptions About and Ideas for Improved Service Delivery for Persons who have Hearing Disorders: A Systematic Review"
By: Lindsey Howard
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

"Autism and Immunity: A Systematic Review"
By: Julie Garnaas
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Hart, Ph.D.

"Prolonged-Speech Intervention For Adults Who Stutter"
By: Lauren Keith
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

"Voice Facilitating Techniques for the Treatment of Functional Dysphonia"
By: Ashley Leininger
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Kathy Ermgodts

"Effective Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices for Persons With Locked-in-Syndrome: A Systematic Review"
By: Amy Kreamer
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Hart, Ph.D.

"Peer Training as a Social Intervention for School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
By: Kelsey McGurn
Faculty Mentor: Pam Hart, Ph.D.

"Babbling, Phonemic Awareness and Auditory Processing Disorder"
By: Marilyn Ouellet      
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

"The Effects of Metacognitive Strategies on Reading Comprehension for Students in First Through Eighth Grade"
By: Kristen Weder              
Faculty Mentor: Pam Hart, Ph.D.

"General Educator’s Perceptions of ELL Programs and the Impact on Classroom Intervention Strategies"
By: Kathleen Sweeney
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

"Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as an Effective Treatment for Cognitive Communication Disorders: A Systematic Review of the Evidence"
By: Candace Schatz
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Shatonda Jones

"Low Socioeconomic Status Impact on Children’s Education and Communication: A Systematic Review"
By: Melissa Porter
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Kathy Ermgodts

"Gender Differences in Children’s Language Skills"
By: Jerilyn Whitsitt
Faculty Mentor: Carol Koch, Ph.D.

"Phonemic Awareness Instruction in Literacy Programs in Early Childhood"
By: Wendy Zwego
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ph.D.

 Oral Presentations April 23, 2013

"Diagnostic Criteria used by Speech Language Pathologist to Identify Childhood Apraxia of Speech"
By: Carly Hammes and Jamie Mapel
Faculty Mentor: Carol Koch, Ph.D.

"A Closer Look at the Phonetic Inventories of Young Children: A Longitudinal Study"
By: Karen Boyer, Jennifer Delashmutt, Abby Davidson, Julie Haller, Christina Neely and Andrea Tomasino
Faculty Mentor: Carol Koch, Ph.D.

"Technology and Play During the Preschool Years"
By: Katie Schwendemann and Kristen Ponce
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Hart, Ph.D.

"Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder on Siblings: A Case Study"
By: Allison Melgaard
Faculty Mentor: Carol Koch, Ph.D.

"Gaining Insight into the Neural Processes in the Brains of Bilinguals During Semantic Tasks"
By: Joe Madden
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Shatonda Jones

"Voice Therapy for Transgender Clients"
By: Kensey Neely
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Kathy Ermgodts

Faculty Publications and Presentations

Hart, P. & Wiley, S. (2011). Assessment and intervention for a school age child with complex communication needs and physical impairments. In S. Chabon & E. Kohn (Eds.), Communication Disorders: A Case-Based Approach: Stories from the Front Line. New Jersey: Allyn & Bacon.

Hart, P., Ballou, R., Drazinski, L, Koch, C., Leachman, B., and Solomon, L. (2009). The value of qualitative research in graduate education. MSHA News, Spring 2009.

Hart, P., Turner, G., & Duesing, B. (2008). Relationships between students’ self perceived supervisory needs and end of semester outcomes. Perspectives on Supervision and Administration, 18, 50 – 57.

Wood, L., & Hart, P. (2007). Language facilitation in augmentative and alternative communication. In A. Kamhi, J. Masterson, & K. Apel (Eds.), Clinical Decision Making in Developmental Language Disorders. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.

Hart, P., Scherz, J., Apel, K., & Hodson, B. (2007). Analysis of spelling error patterns of individuals with complex communication needs and physical impairments. Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Hart, P. (2006). Spelling considerations for AAC intervention. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 15, 12-14.

Apel, K., Masterson, J., & Hart, P. (2004). Integration of language components in spelling: Instruction that maximizes students’ learning. In L.C. Wilkinson & E.R. Silliman (Eds.), Language-literacy learning: Collaboration between speech-language pathologists and classroom teachers. New York: Guilford
Press.

Scherz, J., & Hart, P. (2002). AAC in inclusive classrooms. Word of Mouth, 14, 4-7.

Scherz, J., & Hart, P. (2002). Language, literacy, and AAC: Time to move forward. ASHA Leader, 7, 17.

Ballou, R., & Hart, P. (2012). Effective literacy interventions in AAC. A seminar presented at the annual Missouri Speech Language Hearing Convention, Lake Ozark, MO.

Hart, P. (2011). Single subject design literacy interventions for AAC. A poster session presented at the annual American Speech Language Hearing Convention, SanDiego, CA.

Hart, P., & Wiley, S. (2011). Successful implementation of AAC and other assistive technologies: A hands on learning lab. An invited Day Institute presented at the annual Missouri Speech-Language
Hearing Association state convention. Lake Ozark, MO.

Hart, P. (2010). Evidence-based literacy interventions for individuals who use AAC. A poster session presented at the annual American Speech Language Hearing Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Hart, P., & Koch, C. (2010). Program assessment in communication sciences and disorders. A poster session presented at the annual American Speech Language Hearing Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Hart, P., Koch, C., Race, S., & Rittel, L. (2009). Early intervention experiences of families with young children who have autism. A poster session presented at the annual American Speech Language and Hearing Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Hart, P. & Stoll, A. (2008). Educational placement decisions for children with complex communication needs. A poster session presented at the annual American Speech Language and Hearing Convention, Chicago, IL.

Koch, C., Hart, P., & Drazinski, L. (2008). Content analysis of students’ written observation reflections. A poster session presented at the annual American Speech Language and Hearing Convention, Chicago, IL.

Wiley, S. & Hart, P. (2008). Assistive technology: What’s new and what still works. A seminar presented at the annual Caregiver Conference, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, KS.

Hart, P. & White, H.(2008). AAC and Visual Structure: Make and Take. A mini-seminar presented at the annual Missouri Speech Language Hearing Convention, Lake Ozark, Missouri.